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Instructor: Darryl Smith

Darryl Babatunde Smith is a Philadelphia-based artist who started making art as a way of interpreting foreign languages instead of translating them into English. He studied French, German, and Latin in school before embarking on his long journey of self studying Ancient and Modern Greek. He earned his BFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his MFA in Drawing and Anatomy from the New York Academy of Art. Through Darryl’s knowledge of Latin and Greek he immerses himself in the multiculturalism of antiquity. He uses Greco-Roman symbols and traditional Renaissance techniques such as silverpoint drawing and egg tempera painting to connect personal narratives with Greco-Roman ideologies and philosophies.

His works have been exhibited nationally—in Philadelphia, Hillsdale, New York City—and internationally in Reykjavík, Iceland; and Athens, Greece. His recent solo exhibition “Ad manum, Ad dorsum” launched the exhibition series at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

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Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Since 1953